While investigating why my Transit Connect was unlocked and robbed with no damage or alarm: I discovered that this is a common issue on Fords of this era with these type of keys / locks.
Mondeo, Focus, Fiesta, Transits, Ka (maybe more)up to about 2008 maybe.
The only upside I can think of is that for £35 on amazon I can get a key and then I can get free pay and display parking! Oh and if stuck for a space it would be easy to undo the steering lock and push a Ford out of its space so that I could park there instead.
I'm not sure how you'd go about counteracting it to be honest.
And yes, it might be old news but it'll give someone the chance to post up the video of the antelope hitting the mountain biker